Here’s who endorsed the 2018 Michigan Secretary of State candidates

Republican Mary Treder Lang and Democrat Jocelyn Benson are battling to become Michigan’s next secretary of state.

2018 Michigan statewide election endorsements

Bridge Magazine has compiled a list of endorsements received by major party candidates for statewide office this year from elected politicians, organizations and other notable people. Other coverage:

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The two major-party candidates for Michigan Secretary of State both vow to make it easier and quicker for Michiganders when they have to visit a branch office, while ensuring the state’s election system is secure.

Whoever wins on Nov. 6 will also have to implement state ballot initiatives — should voters approve them — to create an independent legislative redistricting system and to increase voting access in the state. Republican Mary Treder Lang said she opposes both proposals, while Democrat Jocelyn Benson said she supports them.

Here is who is supporting each candidate with days to go before voters go to the polls.

Jocelyn Benson - Democrat

Elected politicians (in federal office, or from other states)

  • Former Vice President Joe Biden
  • Former U.S. Sen. Carl Levin, D-Detroit
  • U.S. Rep. Sander Levin, D-Royal Oak
  • Secretaries of State Alex Padilla of California, Maggie Toulouse Oliver of New Mexico, Steve Simon of Minnesota, Jim Condos of Vermont, Matthew Dunlap of Maine and Alison Lundergan Grimes of Kentucky
  • Oregon Governor Kate Brown, former Oregon Secretary of State
  • Former Secretaries of State Natalie Tennant of West Virginia, Mark Ritchie of Minnesota and Jason Kander of Missouri

Elected politicians (Michigan)

  • Detroit Mayor Mike Duggan
  • Former Detroit Mayor Dennis Archer Sr.
  • Macomb County Executive Mark Hackel
  • Macomb County Prosecutor Eric Smith
  • Macomb County Sheriff Anthony Wickersham
  • At least 13 state legislators

Labor groups

  • Michigan Education Association
  • American Federation of Teachers
  • Michigan Regional Council of Carpenters and Millwrights
  • Michigan AFL-CIO
  • United Auto Workers
  • International Brotherhood of Teamsters

Other organizations

  • Wayne County Deputy Sheriffs' Association
  • MI List
  • Progressive Women’s Alliance
  • EMILY’s List
  • Let America Vote
  • Michigan College Democrats


  • Detroit Free Press
  • Detroit News’ Nolan Finley and Ingrid Jacques
  • Lansing State Journal

Other notables

  • Former U.S. Attorney Barbara McQuade
  • Chris Thomas, former Michigan elections director

Related: 2018 Bridge Michigan Voter Guide: Links to our relevant election coverage

Mary Treder Lang - Republican

Elected politicians (in federal office)

  • U.S. Rep. Bill Huizenga, R-Zeeland
  • U.S. Rep. Fred Upton, R-St. Joseph
  • U.S. Rep. John Moolenaar, R-Midland

Elected politicians (Michigan)

  • Candice Miller, Macomb County public works commissioner, former Congresswoman and Michigan Secretary of State
  • Terri Lynn Land, former Michigan Secretary of State
  • At least 40 state legislators
  • Oakland County Executive L. Brooks Patterson

Business groups

  • Michigan Manufacturers Association                     
  • National Federation of Independent Business in Michigan

Other organizations

  • Michigan Freedom Network
  • Citizens for Traditional Values
  • Farm Bureau PAC
  • Right to Life of Michigan PAC

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Thu, 11/01/2018 - 4:16pm

Pretty lopsided in terms of endorsements...
Hopefully the vote will also reflect that.

Mary Peterson
Sun, 11/04/2018 - 11:54am

Lang is against proposal 2 which means she is for gerrymandering. Also wants to clean up voter rolls which is done on a monthly basis now. I believe she is more interested in purging, ala Kobach, Kemp and other Rs.